HAWK Traffic Device Coming to Busy Main Street in Williamsville

Nov. 16, 2018
Bicyclist and pedestrians use a crosswalk controlled by a HAWK beacon at  Kenmore Avenue on the Tonawanda/Buffalo border. A similar device is set to start working Monday on Main Street in Williamsville.  (John Hickey/Buffalo News file photo)

Bicyclist and pedestrians use a crosswalk controlled by a HAWK beacon at Kenmore Avenue on the Tonawanda/Buffalo border. A similar device is set to start working Monday on Main Street in Williamsville.

After a six-year wait, a HAWK is nesting in Williamsville.

The village is home to the newest high-intensity activated crosswalk, or HAWK, beacon in the region. The traffic-control devices are meant to help walkers and bicyclists safely cross busy streets, and Williamsville officials have long sought one for the heart of Main Street.

Sometime Monday, the state Department of Transportation will activate the new signal installed in front of the Williamsville Branch Library.

Elected officials and business representatives say the signal will help make Williamsville more walkable and calm the flow of vehicles on the heavily traveled road. They say pedestrians and drivers may need to get used to how the new signal works, but the long-term benefits are clear.
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